Damage to Link wearing no armor
The Frost Talus is one of the many overworld bosses found in Breath of the Wild. It disguises itself in the ground as a collection of rocks, and the boss forms as Link draws near. This Talus makes its home in the cold regions of the game, including the Hebra Mountains and Gerudo Highlands.
There are 40 different Taluses spread throughout all of Hyrule. Along with the Frost Talus, Link can also encounter the Stone Talus and Igneo Talus, among others. Defeating all 40 and reporting to Kilton at the Fang and Bone rewards Link with the Medal of Honor: Talus.
The Talus beasts are scattered far and wide throughout Hyrule. Frigid, snowy regions are home to the Frost Talus variant, while the Eldin region features the Igneo Talus. Be sure to check out our Interactive Map for all the different locations the Frost Talus and its variants can be found.
Not all Frost Taluses are ice-clad upon being encountered, and their status may depend on weather, the time of day, and their location on the map. For instance, the Frost Talus which is southeast of the Gerudo Summit next to an archway may not always be frozen. However, most other Frost Taluses are always ice-clad, like the Talus of Coldsnap Hollow.
There is only one phase of this boss fight, so the strategy is very simple. Exposed on the top, or on the side, of all Talus beasts is an Ore Deposit of some variety, which is the only place the Talus can be damaged. The Talus is otherwise unaffected when attacked, except by Remote Bombs, which can be used to destroy its arms. This does not deal any damage, however, so Link must attack the Ore Deposit to defeat it.
The Talus has simple but strong melee attacks, easy to avoid due to their obvious telegraph and the Talus' generally slow speed. It rears back to swing hard with its left arm or pounds Link into the ground with its right arm. At range, the Talus will throw one of its arms , towards Link, losing the arm in the process. Once it loses both arms, it will slam one side down to replenish its arm, then the other. At this point, and at any time when the Talus' body is at ground level, Link has a window of opportunity to climb atop the Talus.
Two methods are available to topple the Talus through direct combat. Link may choose to strike the Ore Deposit directly with a ranged attack (such as with a bow), which will stun the Talus and cause it to fall forward, providing a few precious seconds to rush forward and climb up the beast. Alternatively, the Remote Bomb Rune can be used to destroy each arm. Destroying one arm with a bomb knocks the Talus down briefly; removing its only remaining arm with a bomb will cause it to drop for a few moments longer before it attempts to pick itself up again.
When atop the Talus, Link should equip a strong two-handed weapon and use his charged spin attack to deal maximum damage. Link should be careful not to fall from the Talus during his attack, as it will continue to move around for a few moments and Link may slip off due to the changing slopes. The Talus will only put up with the player's mounted presence for a few strikes before shuddering and throwing Link off, damaging him in the process.
Like all Talus variations, it's markedly vulnerable to Urbosa's Fury strikes, which deal significant damage to it when knocked down. However, the strikes may fail when the Talus is upright.
The Ore Deposit situated on the Frost Talus' body will occasionally drop some of its loot when struck. This includes gemstones such as Amber or Sapphire, or basic stones such as Flint. Upon death, the Frost Talus will drop many gemstones, including the aforementioned.
At Coldsnap Hollow Link will encounter a Frost Talus which is part of the Face the Frost Talus side quest given by Gesane at the first connecting bridge leading to Rito Village. Slaying the Talus will award Link a Silver Rupee.